I shake my head, feeling a little embarrassed. I begin "I just did the right thing, you don't owe me for that. I have to be the change I want to see in the world, or everything I've done, everything I will do will go to waste."
Aiko nods, wiping some tears "Ghandi?"
I smile "Yeah."
Groaning, I sit up. In the distance, I hear an explosion. Well, this has escalated quickly. Did Shanghai just decide to fuck the man over night? Maybe I'm assuming too much, it could just be a plane crash or something.
I stand up, clutching my side with one hand, using the other to balance myself. I ask Aiko "Do you have somewhere's to go?"
Aiko shook her head "Not really."
I point towards an apartment building a couple blocks down. "You can stay at my place for the night. Homeless shelter isn't a place for someone like you."
Aiko mumbles "I dunno..."
I raise my voice "For fuck sakes woman, what does it take to earn your trust?"
My apartment isn't very big but it has everything I need. A bathroom, kitchen, living room for four people and a bedroom. I turn my computer on and play the evening news. I tell Aiko "Make yourself at home, bedrooms yours if you want it. Shower won't have hot water until about 6AM."
A feminine voice smooth as silk is on the news. She says in the calmest voice "Good evening Shanghai. An alert has been issued to locals over a plane crash in the city. The city mayor has issued a statement, blaming revolutionary terrorists for the crash. In other news..."
Aiko seems shy, maybe it's just me. Is she looking through the bathroom? Standing up, I catch her bringing out my first aid kit. Shit, shouldn't have stood up so fast, ow. I wave my hands "No, no, no! They're just bruises girl, nothing to g-"
Aiko looks up at the ceiling for a moment "I carried you back here. Let me fix you up."
Unable to argue, I sit back down. I sigh "Just be quick about it. I need some measure of sleep tonight."